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Amherst downs Medina 2-0 to advance to the Amherst Baseball July Classic final

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    Amherst right fielder T.J. Staton stretches to make the catch for the out in the top of the seventh inning against Medina on Saturday night at Amherst High School.

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    Amherst's Cameron Karnik connects for a base hit against Medina in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday evening at Amherst High School.

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    Amherst pitcher Cameron Karnik pitches against Medina in the top of the seventh inning Saturday night at Amherst High School.

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    Amherst's Kyle Dalzell dives back to first base to avoid the tag against Medina in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday night at Amherst High School.

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    Amherst's Kyle Dalzell tries to shuffle back to third base to avoid the tag by Medina's catcher Hayden Czisar in the bottom of the sixth inning at Amherst High School Saturday evening.

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AMHERST — Amherst got a peek at a possible starter for next year’s team after senior Cameron Karnik threw a 2-0 complete-game gem against Medina in the Amherst Baseball July Classic on Saturday night at Amherst High School.

The win gives the Comets (1-2) a chance to win their own tournament today after St. Ignatius withdrew from the semifinals. Amherst hosts Willoughby South (3-0) at 1 p.m. while Medina (2-1) and Canal Fulton Northwest (2-1) will play at noon at Penfield Community Park.

The championship game will be held at 4 p.m. at Amherst High.

“This is a great opportunity for the younger kids to get a chance to play in a varsity environment and I get to see them do it,” Amherst coach Matt Rositano said. “Karnik went out and was unbelievable and we got a couple timely hits to pull this one out.”

Karnik, who played second and pitched for the Comets varsity team, was only in trouble during a couple of innings as he walked two and struck out four on a variety of speeds while throwing 109 pitches.

“I was throwing my off-speed pitches 3-0 or 3-1, it didn’t matter since I could throw it for strikes today to keep hitters off-balance,” said Karnik, who pitched for the Lake Erie Warhawks this summer. “I was able to get some timely groundballs and pop-ups to help keep my pitch count down.

“We lost a lot of pitchers last year and there are going to be some opportunities for guys next year. It’s just a feeling-out process for where we are going to next spring.”

Medina’s Brenden Stewart matched Karnik through the first four innings, sitting down the first 10 batters he faced before Karnik came up with the Comets’ first hit with one down in the fourth.

Amherst broke through in the fifth when Eric Ritter singled to left, went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Gabe Solak and came home on senior Anthony Berrios’ sharp liner to right-center.

“I was just looking for a single in that at-bat to get the run home since we have had trouble stringing hits together in the tournament,” Berrios said. “I was sitting fastball, that’s what I got and I capitalized on it.”

Amherst picked up an insurance run in the sixth against reliever Sam Herman when T.J. Staton was hit by a pitch and scored on a double to right-center by junior Jacob Lezon.

The Bees got the tying runs aboard in the seventh after two quick outs thanks to an error and a walk, but Karnik escaped damage by inducing a groundball to short to clinch the win.

“We’re playing a lot of young guys with zero varsity experience,” Rositano said. “Unlike basketball and football, I don’t get a chance to watch the younger guys play since we all play at the same time. This is a great opportunity for the younger kids coming up to the varsity level.

“With all the young kids, it was two seniors (Karnik and Berrios) who came through for us when we needed them the most.”

Contact James Brady at 329-7135 or jbrady_ct@yahoo.com.

Amherst 2, Medina 0

Medina ab r h bi Amherst ab r h bi

Johnson 4 0 1 0 Staton 2 1 0 0

Adams 3 0 1 0 Karnik 3 0 1 0

Cauley 3 0 1 0 Dalzell 2 0 1 0

Haberkorn 2 0 0 0 Lezon 3 0 1 1

Lucarelli 3 0 0 0 Ritter 2 0 1 0

McLeod 3 0 0 0 McCrann 0 1 0 0

Csiszer 3 0 1 0 Solak 1 0 0 0

Smigel 3 0 0 0 Velez 2 0 0 0

Steirer 2 0 0 0 Berrios 2 0 1 1

Hart 2 0 0 0

Hritsko 1 0 0 0

Feakins 1 0 0 0

Totals 26 0 4 0 Totals 21 2 5 2

Medina 000 000 0 — 0 4 1

Amherst 000 011 x — 2 5 2

2B — Lezon. SB — Adams, Cauley, Lucarelli. CS — Csiszar. SAC — Solak. LOB — Medina 7, Amherst 4.

IP R ER H BB SO

Medina

Stewart (L) 5 1 1 3 1 9

Herman 1 1 1 2 0 0

Amherst

Karnik (W) 7 0 0 4 2 4

WP — Stewart. PB — Ritter. HBP — Staton (by Herman).



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